PESHAWAR   -   The 2nd meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the Centre of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism held here on Friday with Chief Minister Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa Mahmood Khan in chair.

Provincial Minister for Higher Education Kamran Bangash, MPA Dr Ayesha Asad, administrative secretaries of concerned depart­ments, and board members at­tended the meeting.

Briefing about the implemen­tation status of the decisions tak­en in the last BoG meeting, it was informed that human resource and finance committees under the board had been constituted and notified as well. These five mem­bers HR and finance committees chaired by the chief coordination officer of the centre also include representatives from law depart­ment, establishment department, home department, finance depart­ment and higher education de­partment.

Agreeing to the composition of the aforesaid committees, the board has formally approved the HR and Financial Regula­tions 2022 under the board. The board has also accorded approv­al to initiate the recruitment process of staff required to op­erationalise the centre.

Earlier, briefing about the aims and objectives of the Centre of Ex­cellence on Countering Violent Extremism, its proposed func­tions and other important aspects, the forum was informed that the Centre would work as a research based institute to cope with the issues emerging from terrorism, subversive activities, hatred, ex­tremism, intolerance and radical­ization etc.

“The vision behind establishing this centre was to create a society free of violent extremism and ter­rorism”, the authorities told and added that this would be a unique initiative of its kind not only in Pa­kistan but across Asia.

The chief minister on the oc­casion has directed the quarters concerned to complete necessary steps to operationalise the centre as soon as possible. He said that the provincial government was taking every possible step to cre­ate a peaceful and violence free so­ciety adding that establishment of the proposed centre of excellence was also a part of this struggle.

He hoped that the Centre of Ex­cellence would play an important role in creating a peaceful socie­ty by using evidence based inno­vative approaches and worldwide research to prevent and combat violent extremism in the province.